La crisis de legitimidad de las finanzas

WASHINGTON, D. C. – La reciente salida de Robert Diamond de Barclays es un punto de inflexión. Desde luego, ya había ocurrido antes que se hubiera obligado a abandonar su cargo a consejeros delegados de bancos importantes. Chuck Prince perdió su empleo en Citigroup por haber corrido riesgos excesivos en el período inmediatamente anterior a la crisis financiera de 2008 y, más recientemente, Oswald Grübel, de UBS, fue despedido por no haber impedido transacciones no autorizadas que ascendieron a 2.300 millones de dólares.

Pero Diamond era un banquero que supuestamente estaba en la cumbre del gremio. Se decía que Barclays había superado la crisis del período 2008-2009 sin haber contado con apoyo estatal y, aunque recientemente se había descubierto que su banco había violado diversas normas: entre otras cosas, por determinados productos vendidos a los consumidores y por cómo había notificado los tipos de interés, Diamond había logrado distanciarse de los daños resultantes.

Las crónicas periodísticas indican que los reguladores estaban dispuestos a conceder un salvoconducto a Diamond… hasta el momento en que hubo un súbito y grave contraataque político. Diamond empezó a contraatacar, a su vez, apuntando su dedo acusador al Banco de Inglaterra. En aquel momento, tuvo que abandonar.

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